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By PETER SCHMUCK | July 14, 2007
It has been about a month since new club president Andy MacPhail began a comprehensive evaluation of the troubled Orioles organization, and the jury of one is still out. That's just as well, since the July 31 waiver deadline is now all but irrelevant. The day MacPhail walked in the door, there was a lot of buzz about what he might do to realign the roster. There were trade whispers about Miguel Tejada and speculation about several of the club's other veteran players. There was a clear sense of anticipation that the new baseball operations chief would be the agent of dynamic change, even though MacPhail was known more for his steady leadership in Minnesota and Chicago.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | July 10, 2008
Toronto - It's one of baseball's irritating mysteries. When one component is going well for a team, inevitably it seems another goes south. Right now, the Orioles' hitting has been up and the pitching has been down. After last night's 9-8 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles have scored five or more runs in nine of their past 11 games, outscoring opponents 72-62 during that span. And yet they are just 4-7 in those games - and 4-5 when they have scored five runs or more. The Orioles hit .281 in June and .285 in the first seven games of this month, a huge improvement over a .239 mark in May. In contrast, the club's ERA rose from 3.86 in May to 4.80 in June and 5.31 in July going into last night.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | August 31, 2008
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz didn't want to hear about Rocco Baldelli's game-winning ninth-inning double, or the Tampa Bay Rays' latest walkoff victory. In fact, Kranitz was in no mood for just about anything, including excuses from a pitching staff that is struggling to execute the most fundamental part of its job. In a deflating 10-9 defeat yesterday that ended when Carlos Pena scored all the way from first base on Baldelli's one-out double off Rocky Cherry, Orioles pitchers walked nine batters and hit three more.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | May 21, 2009
NEW YORK - -It isn't even July yet, though the past two nights here have certainly had that bitter feel to the Orioles, for whom lopsided losses and long swoons have become an annual rite of late summer. The Orioles are still not a quarter into their season, but things are getting progressively worse as May unfolds. In another humbling defeat to the surging New York Yankees, this one by an 11-4 score Wednesday night, Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up three consecutive home runs in the second inning before steadying himself to get through seven innings.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | July 6, 2009
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When the Orioles acquired outfielder Adam Jones from the Seattle Mariners before last season, they felt that he had the potential to become a budding superstar. They just never expected it to happen this soon. Jones' meteoric rise was recognized Sunday when he was the lone Oriole selected to be on the American League All-Star team. He got the nod over fellow Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis and closer George Sherrill, who made the squad last season. "It's a cool honor to get to represent the Orioles and myself," said Jones, 23, who is the team's youngest All-Star since Mike Mussina was selected in 1992 as a 23-year-old, and the club's youngest position player since Cal Ripken Jr. was tabbed in 1983 at the age of 22. "I'm pretty thrilled about it. I didn't think I was going to go, but my mom always said she was praying for me and kept voting for me. I guess all her hard work paid off."
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By Peter Schmuck | September 6, 2009
Once again, Orioles fans are in the autumn of their discontent, and it's hard to make a case for anything short of despair as they watch their rebuilding team coming unglued at the end of another losing season. This is the point when The Plan was supposed to bear a little fruit. Not much, mind you, but enough to confirm that the O's finally are headed in the right direction and that better days just might be on the other side of the coming offseason. Sorry, but the peaches look bruised and the tree doesn't look hearty enough to get through another cold winter.
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By Kevin Cowherd | September 30, 2009
Dave Trembley reminds you of a guy in a knife fight and all he has to defend himself is a swizzle stick. Sure, it's unfair to judge the Orioles manager solely by the team's cataclysmic collapse since the All-Star break. Key players (George Sherrill, Aubrey Huff) were traded from under him. Others (Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Brad Bergesen) were hurt. The starting rotation was shaky, even before they shut down a couple of promising youngsters to save their arms. The bullpen was one giant mushroom cloud day after day. None of that was Trembley's fault.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | July 3, 2009
ANAHEIM, Calif. - -It seems like whenever Jeremy Guthrie pitches these days, he walks a fine line, one pitch here or there deciding his outing. On Thursday, it was actually two pitches that he made to Bobby Abreu, a batter Guthrie normally handles, that cost the Orioles the game. Abreu, who entered the game with just two hits in 15 career at-bats against Guthrie and four homers all season, hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and a three-run blast in the fifth as the Los Angeles Angels took the series opener, 5-2, in front of an announced 39,180 at Angel Stadium.
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By From Sun staff and news services | January 14, 2010
NBA Actress Vazquez talks of summer wedding with 'Melo Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony of Baltimore and actress La La Vazquez plan to wed this summer. Vazquez, of MTV fame, announced the news Wednesday on "The Wendy Williams Show." The two have been engaged for five years and have a son, Kiyan, who will turn 3 in March. Vazquez said on the show that there will be plenty of people invited because "everybody has been waiting for it for so long, we might as well invite everybody to come hang out."
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By Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec,dan.connolly@baltsun.com and Jeff Zrebiec@baltsun.com | January 8, 2010
This time last year, Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora were heading into their contract years with significant momentum. Huff was the 2008 Most Valuable Oriole and the American League Silver Slugger Award winner at designated hitter after batting .304 with 32 home runs and 108 RBIs. Mora hit 23 homers and tied his career best with 104 RBIs while batting .376 in the second half of 2008. One disappointing season later, however, Huff and Mora are without jobs as spring training approaches.
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